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WARNING to all western women travelling to Croatia ! Some of the Dubrovnik police are involved in abductions and murder of women travellers and this has been going on for a while ...Croatian politicians and cops are using dissinformation on a big scale ,but just read about the murder of Britt Lapthorne on the internet and you'll get all the info..
Updated Apr 4, 2011
To be honest, it is difficult for me to give any warnings or dangers tip for this place. After all it is a very crowded tourist destination so all the common warning should apply here as well. Other warnings are the high walls and no fence so you should be aware of that, there are cases where tourists have been falling down from those walls and not survive the impact. So in short, it is all about everything and nothing, just be careful as anywhere else in the world.
Written Mar 6, 2011
There are hordes of pigeons that congregate, if anybody feeds the first one. They hang out in the square, and I suspect the local retail shops do not like it. I saw pigeons try to enter the shops. What bold audacity.
Updated May 26, 2010
There are basically few, and maybe only one grocery market store in the proximity to the old town that we saw, and that was small. So advise is to get what you need outside in the suburbs, even though stores also may be hard to find.
Written May 25, 2010
Park benches come at a premium because the locals, not really looking like vagrants, take the spot to lie down and sleep in the only park close to the Pile Gate and bridge-a small park and not too well maintained
Written May 23, 2010
This sounds like a joke, but we found out that even though you can see it, you cannot easily find the path/street to get to it. After going out Pile Gate, follow the the street past the little square, and at the end of that turn left toward an alley (it is hard to see from street). From one sign, you then follow the street to the bottom of a harbor, and then can see how to get up to the fort.
Written May 23, 2010
There is only one public toilet in the whole town, and that is out the Pile gate entrance and head toward Minceta tower, and up the street about 150 feet. There is s small sign that shows where it is, but you need to look for it real hard. When asking the locals where a toilette/nuznik/zahodie was, they were unsure, and the information tourism facility was little help and little caring.
The alternative is to find and cafe bar and pay $10 for beer and coffee to the convenience of the toilet use there.
Written May 23, 2010
There are a fair amount of steps to reach the old town main area; like 100 to the square form the gates. We rented an apartment in the eastern hillside and had many more to take on. There were 56 steps to the apartment from the street, another 200 steps down to the gate, and then those other 100 steps. What goes down must come up. After about 5-6 treks by us over 3days, it does get fatiguing, and hard on my knee replacement-as in not real knee. I bought a knee wrap to help in the agony some.
Since there is little to no parking in the hillside homes, many/most people come and go using the steps and need to carry everything on their shoulders or lug with the arms.
Updated May 23, 2010
Dubrovnik is lacking in official budget options and hostels, although you will no doubt be approached at the bus station by people offering €10 Old Town rooms...some genuinely good accommodation options, others scams involving extra charges galore and long walks or bus rides to and from the Old Town. Some of these people can be quite pushy and insistent so you will have to be very firm with them if you are not interested in their accommodation...if you show interest they may be hard to shake off!
Written May 21, 2009
I am a woman of Indian origin, who has just returned from a holiday in Dubrovnik. I encountered bizzare behaviour from some of the locals. I went into a shop in the old town to purchase some juice. There was a shelf displaying a variety of juices but when I asked for some, the woman just shook her head. I thought that she had not understood what I wanted so I pointed to the bottles and said "juice" but still she refused to serve me. The second time I went into another store to purchase bread. I asked the woman for some and she shook her head again. There was a young Croatian, who translated what I wanted but the lady shook her head again and refused to serve me. Racist behaviour? I do not know. The hotel staff were all very helpful and friendly as were the taxi drivers - no problem there at all. However I did get a few curious glances from the locals in the old town and coupled with the above incidents makes me wonder. It is a lovely city though but these incidents spoilt it a little for me.
Written Feb 21, 2009
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